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NATIONAL
October 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
New charges of felony coercion were filed Wednesday against O.J. Simpson and three codefendants in the alleged armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers. The revised complaint also drops charges against Walter Alexander and Charles H. Cashmore, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges. Alexander and Cashmore have agreed to testify at a preliminary hearing against the former football star and the other men who went to a Las Vegas casino hotel room on Sept.
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NATIONAL
October 16, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Two of O.J. Simpson's codefendants in an armed robbery case have agreed to testify against him, increasing pressure on the former pro football star and his legal team. Walter Alexander and Charles H. Cashmore had each faced nine felony charges -- including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon -- in connection with the alleged theft of about $80,000 in sports memorabilia from two collectors at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.
TRAVEL
October 14, 2007 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
Las Vegas Sorry, Bugsy. In 1941, you came to this desert valley dreaming of building a gambling paradise to fleece tourists, celebrate excess and promote decadence. Now I drift into your town ignoring the exploding fountains, the blinding neon lights and the gaudy theme hotels. No offense, Mr. Siegel, but I'm here to snub your memory and disparage your dreams. I've come to get my thrills without dropping a dime in the casinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A California National Guardsman from Stanton has sued the Las Vegas Metropolitan police, alleging that injuries inflicted by two police officers have prevented him from deploying to Iraq for a second tour. Sgt. Mark England, a medic, said he suffered three fractured ribs and was hit by a Taser stun gun three times by the officers during an altercation at McCarran International Airport on March 10.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2007 | Marc Cooper
From the day Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal opened the Stardust book in 1975 until the hotel closed late last year, it was sports betting heaven, packed with a cast of inimitable characters. But even after its demise, you can find a decent book in almost any Vegas casino. It's all a matter of taste. If you're looking for a wild, whelping, boozing Sunday crowd of partyers, try the low end at a place like Terrible Herbst.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Celine Dion is leaving Las Vegas, but her legacy may long reign over the Strip -- in the form of a $1-billion expansion and renovation of Caesars Palace, including a 665-room tower, a "palatial" new casino entrance and three swimming pools.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Betting in Las Vegas Strip casinos increased 22% on July 7 as gamblers sought to cash in on the "luckiest day of the century," a Majestic Research Corp. analyst said. The number 7 is considered lucky in many cultures, and July 7, 2007, can be represented as 07/07/07. Matthew Jacob measured the activity at Las Vegas table games and slot machines against July 8, 2006, because both days fell on a Saturday. Compared with July 7, 2006, gambling rose 47%, Jacob wrote in a note to investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
THE Strip has a new headliner, Wayne Brady. This is hardly a surprise, because Brady's trial run earlier this year at the Venetian was extended through the end of June. Still, Brady has just inked a deal to perform 26 weeks over the next year starting Aug. 4 at the Venetian. A regular gig in Vegas is the sort of opportunity far more famous performers would kill for. But leaving aside fame and talent, few displayed the Vegas savvy of Wayne Brady in creating this show.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Never mind. Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian has abandoned his effort to buy two of MGM Mirage's premier Las Vegas developments, the Bellagio casino-resort and the $7-billion CityCenter development. The announcement Wednesday by Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp.
TRAVEL
June 10, 2007 | Shermakaye Bass, Special to The Times
AT first, the caretakers at the Neon Museum's Boneyard in Las Vegas seem more cryptic than the Vatican: They can't disclose their location without setting up an appointment (well in advance, thank you); photography is permitted only for a fee; and since the Neon Museum is not quite a museum yet, one might even get rerouted to the organization's public exhibition, 10 nostalgia-inducing neon sculptures scattered around the Fremont Street Experience in downtown.
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